‘The most important partnership’: Stockport County teams up with college for FA football coaching programme

By John McDougall

A collaboration between Stockport County and Stockport College’s Academy of Sport is aiming to inspire the next generation of football coaches.

Starting in January 2013, both the Hatters and the college are looking for recruits to undergo a six-month training course including both activity leadership and FA coaching.

It will be delivered at the Stockport Sports Village – which opened this September – with 11 various sized 3G football pitches and classrooms for academic studies.

Debbie Fennell, Stockport College’x commercial director, said: “Stockport College and Stockport County have served the community collectively for over 250 years.

“The college is naturally delighted to have worked in partnership to create an exciting and innovative programme of learning for young people.

“The course is designed to develop natural sporting talent together with essential employability skills.”

On the back of this, the Blue Square Bet Premier side are aiming to set up four academy sides over summer 2013 in partnership with the college.

As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to gain work experience and be mentored by County manager Jim Gannon and his backroom staff to aid their coaching education.

Being able to bring together both football and education within Stockport is something that Gannon – also County’s director of football – is proud of.

“My vision for development of football in the borough of Stockport has always seen a strong link between Stockport County and Stockport College as the most important partnership,” he said.

“It will allow young people to marry their continued education with a real opportunity for those who have strong aspirations to play football at professional level.

“We are great advocates of young development players at County and we look forward to helping the talented players of our Town and Borough as they strive to fulfil their football ambition through this programme.”

For a trial to get on the course, send a CV with your football experience to [email protected].

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